Protein powders are the most widely used supplements in the fitness industry. After all, the amino acids in protein supplements provide the building blocks for muscle growth and act as important cellular messengers for anabolism. Generally, protein powders are marketed to bodybuilders and power athletes (and with good reason), however a recent comprehensive and systematic Meta analysis published in Sports Medicine suggests that protein supplements are valuable for all types of athletes who train with high intensity, progressive resistance, and high volume. In their article, researchers from the Military Nutrition Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, suggest that protein supplementation will promote greater gains in lean mass and muscle strength for both trained and untrained individuals as well as enhance gains in aerobic and anaerobic power.
Regardless of your goals, we suggest using a high quality protein blend to promote increases in muscle performance and recovery. Take in at least 3 (25-50 gram) servings spread throughout the day. On training days, be sure to take one shake 30 minutes preworkout and another immediately postworkout.